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Author: Michael Bond

Illustrator: R. W. Alley

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Publisher: Harper, and Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: Paddington knew he was a very special bear, indeed, when Mr. Brown gave him his own garden plot. Jonathan and Judy knew what to do right away. Paddington didn't have any ideas, so he set out to find some. What should his garden grow? This is an illustrated story featuring Paddington, the iconic bear of children's books.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 4.4

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Timeless! Paddington Bear adventures are sweet and fun. Paddington blends into the world with the curiosity and innocence that is both refreshing and timeless. The story has its usual mishaps that always have you making lemonade out of lemons. The pages are more dense than some picture books, but the illustrations expertly guide readers and keep them studying while you read.

Pros: Bright, engaging illustrations add to a fun story sure to encourage young readers to go play in the dirt!

Cons: None, really. The vocabulary is true to Bond's British roots, and young listeners may not understand what marmalade, tuppence, or pence are.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a story for all year round, but would be especially nice for those interested in gardening with kids.


Educational Themes: The story opens with Paddington Bear writing a list of things he loves about life with the Browns. You can use that as a prompt for readers to think about their own blessings. There is enough detail that you can use the book to plan out what you might need for building your own garden.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015

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